No Love For the Gray/Section 3 of the 14th Amendment

Slowly crawling along the Fourteenth Amendment, today is Section three. Next week we’ll finish it. This week is about rebel politicians. Let’s look at it.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

They covered every government employee with the first tw0-thirds of that sentence.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States,

Here’s some background. When the War of Northern Aggression/Civil War began, army officers like General Lee and politicians that were serving like Jefferson Davis, former Secretary of War and then a Mississippi Senator, went home back to their roots. This part of section three covers them.

shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Taken together, if you defected to the Confederacy or aided them, after the country was pieced back together, you cannot serve in the government. In 1898 Congress enacted a general removal of Section three. It wasn’t done by Constitutional Amendment, so its illegal to do a general removal, as proven by passing another amendment to kill the Prohibition Amendment. Congress can vote by super-majority to pardon individuals.

Remember that just societies have a  check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!

Another essay to follow on Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment. And I’m taking it a section at a time because it’s so long. Stay tuned for it next week.

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